Lee Smith

Lee Smith is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is also the author of The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilizations.

The Honest Broker

Robert Malley, a former Clinton official, says Hamas must be engaged

Respectfully Yours

Dalia Mogahed may be the most influential figure guiding the Obama Administration’s Middle East outreach

Case Closed?

The spying charges against former AIPAC analyst Steve Rosen were dropped last year, but the anti-Israel spirit that enlivened them, he says, is stronger than ever

The Shadow Viceroy

Elliott Abrams, who oversaw the Middle East for George Bush, says the recent Israel crisis reflects how the Obama team is doing business with the rest of the world

Obama Looks Weak in the Middle East

Why pick on our friends but not our enemies?

Friends in Deed

Evangelical Christians have emerged as Israel’s staunchest allies—even as some American Jews are made uneasy by the show of support

Reading Like a Middle Easterner

Where we see coincidences in U.S. news coverage of the Middle East, locals see conspiracies—and sometimes they’re right

Leverett Debates Ledeen on Iran

‘Engagement or Regime Change?’

Talking to Terrorists

In a new book, Mark Perry argues that groups like Hamas will behave rationally if the U.S. engages with them. He’s wrong.

Grand Bargainers

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett claim they aren’t influence peddlers, but their emails suggest otherwise

The Immigrant

Trita Parsi, the second pillar of the U.S. Iran lobby, wants to the be the public face of Iranian-Americans

Iran’s Man in Washington

How Flynt Leverett and his wife, Hillary Mann Leverett, became leading advocates for doing business with Tehran

Unlikely Revolutionaries

How a former Iranian official and a U.S. foreign-policy guru are shifting Washington’s stance toward regime change in Tehran

They Dig Us

Arab regimes are restoring abandoned Jewish historical sites, a subtle acknowledgement of where power now resides in the Middle East

Cold Desert Nights

Is the Obama administration putting the U.S.-Saudi relationship on ice?

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